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Saint Jude Thaddaeus

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Saint Jude ThaddeusSaint Jude, aka Thaddaeus, was a brother of Saint James the Less, and a relative of Our Savior. Saint Jude was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus.

Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samara, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Libya. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, and has assisted in the selection of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.

He is the author of an epistle (letter) in the Eastern churches, particularly the Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of Simonian, Nicolaites and Gnostics. The apostle said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia, which was then subject why. The final conversion of the Armenian people to Christianity not occur until the third century of our time.

Jude is that he asked at the last supper of Jesus why he would not manifest itself to the world after his resurrection. Little else is known of his life. Legend claims that he visited Beirut and Edessa; possibly martyred St. Simon on why.

Jude is invoked in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that believers should persist in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their ancestors had done before them. He is patron saint of desperate cases and his feast day is October 28 St. Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot who betrayed Our Lord and despaired because of his great sin and lack of trust in the grace of God.